Conference "Inverse Problems and Spectral Theory", Oct 17-19, 2014

at Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

Scientific Content

Both inverse problems and spectral theory have been rapidly developing during the last several decades, with a number of deep connections emerging between these areas of mathematics. Inverse Problems are problems in which causes for a desired or an observed effect are to be determined. They play an ever increasing role in medicine and biology, in search for oil and mineral deposits, in studying the earth's substructure and creating astrophysical images from telescope data, in finding cracks and interfaces within materials, and in homeland security applications. Spectral theory has been in the mainstream of mathematical development for long time. It has led to fascinating developments in various areas of science and engineering and the research in this field is still in an extremely active phase. The interaction between the two fields have given rise to a special subclass of problems, the inverse spectral problems. However, those are only one aspect of the deep connection between inverse problems and spectral theory and spectral-theoretical methods find many applications in seemingly unrelated inverse problems. For example, significant progress in studying some of the emerging multi-physics modalities of medical imaging was achieved through the study of the spectral properties of the operators governing the wave propagation in the living tissue. The conference will feature invited lectures from leading specialists in Inverse Problems and Spectral Theory, with the special emphasis on the interaction of the two fields.

Format

The coneference will feature 40 minute talks by invited speakers and a poster session for contributed presentations.

Support

This conference is supported by the National Science Foundation and by the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) through its Participating Institution (PI) Program. PI members may use IMA/PI funds to support personnel's travel to this conference.

Support from the Mathematics Department, College of Science, Institute for Applied Mathematics and Computational Science, and Institute for Scientific Computation (all at Texas A&M University) is gratefully acknowledged.

If you wish to apply for support for attending the conference, please refer to our Support page.

Organizing Committee